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Last post as a 'softie'

Microsoft and I have parted ways as of September 19. I'm going to continue the MediaStuff blog on another site.Since the other blog isn't setup yet, I'm going to start on my general blog at http://theoldsoapbox.com/blog/Thanks for your support and keep watching Internet Explorer, If you'd like to see what kinds of things IE is working on, check out themodern.ie status site.The modern.ie

Opening Up a World of Possibilities with Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015 and Services

On 13th August in Fargo the Microsoft Dynamics GP development team delivered a hands-on workshop to our Collaborative Development partners around the new Service Based Architecture (SBA) that will be available in Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015.  Throughout the day the team went over various pieces such as .NET Interop, changes to the current toolsets and implementation considerations.  They also pro

Starting Azure Platform as a Service (PaaS) Development 101 Series: Lesson 2 of n – Table Storage

Welcome back to the series You can always view the list of all lessons here. Lesson 2 will be all about Azure Table Storage.First things first.!Azure Storage Tables are part of Storage Accounts. In addition to tables, Storage Accounts host Queues, BLOBs, and Files. So what’s cool about tables? well, if you are looking for a scalable, convenient, and very cost effective solution to store no

The Humans Are Dead

Sadly, Microsoft has decided to kill the MSR Robotics team... My last day is today.All that remains is a bunch of robots... Since this is an MSDN blog, I believe it will have to continue somewhere else.I don't know where yet, but follow me on Twitter @ashleyfen if you like.(Please visit the site to view this video)

Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2015 Readiness Blitz - October 28 and 30, 2014

Please join us for the Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2015 Readiness Blitz and take advantage of this great opportunity to learn more about the upcoming release!  This three-hour online event, broken into Sales and Technical tracks, will include market positioning plus overviews and demos of new product features. The session will also cover pricing and licensing for the new release.http://www.microso

Issues with Codeplex 09/21-Mitigated

Update :Sunday, Sept  21 2014 07:15  PM UTC We have put in an automated workaround to mitigate the customer impact. DevOps will continue to investigate to root cause this issue .------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Initial Update: Sunday, S

McKinsey on Unleashing the Value of Big Data Analytics

Big Data Analytics and Insights are changing the game, as more businesses introduce automated systems to support human judgment.Add to this, advanced visualizations of Big Data, and throw in some power tools for motivated users and you have a powerful way to empower the front-line to better analyze, predict, and serve their customers.McKinsey shares a framework and their insights on how ad

How to visualize a Basic Text Analysis using NER (Named Entity Recognition) about Any Web Page Content using Azure Machine Learning

Hi Everyone,I am have made new experiment to use the NER (Named Entity Recognition) item in My Azure ML Account.This Experiment Item can take use large amount of text and list out the possible Persons, Organizations and Locations in the given text.This is a beginner’s step of working on text analysis.The Concept is to point to a particular web page and the item will list out the possible Per

构建Windows通用应用程序

什么是通用应用程序Windows通用应用程序(Universal Windows Apps,简称UWA)Universal Windows Apps它包括了一个开发者为Windows开发软件的开发、设计、修改和在应用商店出售的一整套流程,它运行在windows Runtime上让开发者无需重复工作即可开发分别对应Windows、Windows Phone。由于我们需要确保我们的用户在不同平台上能有更好的体验以及各平台功能的完整性,往往我们需要在各种平台上分别开发我们的应用。UWA 还不能像梦想中一样,让我们一次实现到处运行(因为这可能本来就是个梦想),但是微软通过UWA让这一梦想更近了一步,据说在某些应用中共享代码能够达到90%。 windows 通用应用能够让我们快速开发出多终端的应用。 正如下图所示我们可以使用自己喜欢的语言模型来进行开发。 个人觉得C#是

集成Cortana到你的应用中

Windows Phone 8.1 GDR1 + Cortana 中文版的发布后相信很多中国的朋友正在happy的调戏着小娜同学。关于Cortana的应用场景也可参看我之前的文章。 那么如何让用户通过小娜来和你的应用来进行交互呢?下面我们来通过一个例子来学习如何使用小娜。环境首先是VS一定要是Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 或者 更新的,我这里使用的Update3vs2013下载地址然后需要安装 Windows Phone 8.1 Update and Emulators.Windows Phone 8.1 Update and Emulators下载地址如何开启模拟的小娜请看我之前的博文:Cortana(小娜)那些事儿ps. 建议安装vs的时候使用英文版,因为本人在之前安装的中文版中出现了在创建vcd文件时找不到ht

Cortana(小娜)那些事儿

8月4日微软正式向开发者推送了WP8.1 Update 1,其中比较受人关注的更新就是Cortana. Cortana的功能可以说真是够强大~。看了中国版的视频真是觉得如果有了Cortana这个助手,我就能赢取白富美,当上CEO,走向人生高峰~想想还真有点小激动呢~好了~= =先不做梦了,那Cortana到底都能干点什么呢,对于开发者都有什么新的机遇呢?来我们慢慢整理一下。Cortana常见的使用情景手机控制类:作为手机助手,最重要的功能就是帮你控制你的手机喽。 Cortana在离线和在线时都可以为你提供服务,但是离线时仅仅能为你提供简单的基础服务,打开蓝牙、wifi、设置、微信和拨打电话等,可以使用开启、打开、启动、关闭等关键词(没有Cortana的WP手机也可以控制)。联网时可以用Cortana控制拨打电话发送短信,下载应用,播放音乐等。*打开应用:可

Lifetime Developer Accounts for Win 8 and Win Phone!

Developing for Microsoft platforms just got cheaper and easier a couple of days ago!Starting this week, the Windows Dev Center requires only a one-time registration payment, which will grant developers the ability to publish for both platforms with no renewal fee.  That means that if you have never signed up, it only costs a one time charge of $20 to publish for the rest of your life!  In add

Microsoft Virtual Academy on Construct 2

Interested in developing games with Construct 2?Check out a promo video of my colleague Shahed Chowdhuri and I on MSDN’s Channel 9 (with DevRadio host Jerry Nixon,  to promote our upcoming video tutorial on Microsoft Virtual Academy.  You can find the promo video with the link two links just below and registration information below that.  Looking forward to having you guys join on Thursday, S

Mark your calendar Microsoft " HERO Sessions"

Join our latest HERO sessions! IT Heroes, our aim is to keep you updated on anything and everything IT-related in the region, from the latest news on Microsoft products and services, to new innovations and tools. Now you can get all this and more through: • Monthly HERO events and sessions. • Monthly technical newsletter with latest technology updates. • Subscribe Here

Information for My Beginning Programming Course Using Python

Well I am doing it again and teaching a beginning programming course to a set of high school students.    I did this 5 years ago when my son was the correct age (see my BouncingBalls post), and I started doing it again last year as part of TEALS effort.    This year as part of Prime Factor Programming Classes I will be doing an 8 week course for 9th and 10th graders every Thursdays, starting Oct

Rogue Alien

Hello guys,Before I had the chance to join the Hack GT event, I was trying to publish my latest game: Roguelike Alien.You can download it here for FREE:Win8: http://bit.ly/roguealienWindows Phone: http://bit.ly/roguealienwpHelp Al, the alien. He is lost in a hostile planet. Help him recover all the gears for his ship to return home.Next week I will publish the project and will

HackGT 36 hours to achieve greatness

Ok guys, we have been at Georgia Tech since yesterday being part of this awesome hackathon: Hack GTThe participants started coding around 10 pm last night but the action started long before that.So far the energy has been amazing and at least a handful of projects have blown away our minds. Can't wait for tomorrow to see their demos and the final results.I also had the privilege to have

Using git to version stamp chef artifacts

This post is not about using git for source control. It assumes that you are already doing that. What I am going to discuss is a version numbering strategy that leverages the git log. The benefit here is the guarantee that any change in the artifact ...read more...(read more)

App-V 5: On App-V Package Modernization with the OPC (Open Package Container) or: One Package Container to rule them all!

Much of the changes in App-V 5 revolved around moving to more integrated components (NTFS, a “real” registry, native API’s on the client, representational state transfer on the server side, etc.) – but one of the most major key developments was the modernization of the AppV Package format. The reason behind this was simple. Using this new standard based upon an open standard allows for the moderni

Physical/Logical CPU Frequency Reporting with Hyper-V enabled

I always found it curious that with Hyper-V enabled, Task manager fails to report the actual CPU frequency and instead reports the nominal frequency. People much smarter than me have noticed this too but I haven't found a compelling explanation for why it doesn't work. I thought that maybe type-1 hypervisors prevent accurate reporting of CPU frequency and that maybe task manager was just detecti

MSDN Channel 9 Video Promoting MVA Construct 2 Video Tutorial

Interested in developing games with Construct 2? Check out a promo video of my colleague James Quick and I on MSDN’s Channel 9 (with DevRadio host Jerry Nixon, to promote our upcoming video tutorial on Microsoft Virtual Academy. Short URL: http ...read more...(read more)

NUL or NULL?

Ever since the old MS-DOS days, the Windows OS family has supported a special ‘null device’ – NUL. Notice the single ‘L’. This is a ‘reserved’ device identifier which you can use as a path. The special thing about this null device (NUL) is that it essentially swallows whatever is sent to it.NUL and SQLSo what does this have to do with let’s say SQL? Many of us use the null device to test ra

App-V 4.6 Sequencing: What are the logs really for?

For sequencing in App-V 5, the new ETW model simplifies the process and moves App-V to the Windows standards for event tracing. Even better, the sequencer not only has two logs to worry about (operational and administrative) but a simple process can occur...( read more )...(read more)

Starting Azure Platform as a Service (PaaS) Development 101 Series: Lesson 1 of n – Web Jobs

There is a lot of content available to develop for Azure, if you are looking for baby steps this series of lessons is defiantly not for you. However, if you are developer, regardless of background or platform and looking quickly to get your hands dirty, then you are at the right place. I will not be setting up a fixed or target number of lessons, I will share ideas along the way and keep adding

Linux Powered By Azure – NetBeans Debugging

Now that we got NetBeans communicating with the remote server, we need to configure the remote server to enable debugging. Prerequisites Azure Subscription – hopefully you have signed up already, if not, you can sign up for a free trial or you can ...read more...(read more)

Have you heard of the EPM Framework?

EPM stands for Enterprise Policy Management, and it’s a framework designed with the objective of allowing a scalable use of PBM (Policy Based Management) feature. Also, I’m writing this post because the EPM Framework was just updated to v4.Sometimes overlooked, PBM is an excellent tool for any DBA to keep track of any standards and policies enforcement in the SQL Server environment. While it

ASP .NET Authentication : OWIN middleware component for browser based sign-on using WsFederation

Authentication of ASP .NET Web API using OWIN middleware component with Azure active Directory is made so easy which we all know. For the matter of fact, the Visual studio integration  to choose different types of authentication during the creation of Web API made developers life easy compared to the previous ways of  onboarding Authentication through identity tooling[I'm sure we all remember th

Small Basic Featured Program - Gravity Simulator

This is a Gravity Simulation by Zock77, the import code is FHS907.It includes self interaction between orbiting satellites - they attract each other.The gravitational force attracting objects is given by Newton.  If the object masses are M and m and their separation is r, then the force of attraction is:F = GMm/r2G is the gravitational constant and r2 is r squared.The force is on

Getting Started With Your First Indie Game

_This post is part of our__ __#idevthis__ __series where we focus on bringing developers together around the desire to create. Share your latest creation with the community using the the __#idevthis__ hashtag on Twitter._People spend more money on game apps than any other category. In fact, in 2012 over 57% of all paid downloads were games (and that number is only growing). That creates a gre

Azure Notification Hubs の活用で業務をさらにシンプルに

 このポストは、9 月 5 日に投稿された Simplifying working with Azure Notification Hubs の翻訳です。現在、Service Bus の名前空間の 97% 近くで、Notification Hubs または何らかのメッセージング エンティティ (Queue、Topic、Relay、Event Hub) のいずれかが使用されており、きわめて稀なケースではこの両方が共に使用されています。Notification Hubs とメッセージング エンティティを併用するという現在の方法をよりわかりやすいものにして、Service Bus のバックエンドでこれらのエンティティを管理しやすくするために、マイクロソフトでは両者のユーザー エクスペリエンスを分離できるように取り組んでいます。その第一歩として今回は、名前空間で Notification


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